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9:00 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Novelist Elizabeth Strout Finds Truth In Fiction

Pulitzer-prize winning author Elizabeth Strout will be in Dowagiac May 9 as part of the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.
Credit Leonardo Cendamo

Novelist Elizabeth Strout may have lived in New York for over two decades, but her roots remain firmly entrenched in her home state of Maine, where her four novels have all been based. Her latest work, The Burgess Boysfocuses on a fractured family being forced to pull together after one of its members breaks the law, and how sibling dynamics can put relatives in their place long after they've moved out.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Two Local School Districts Discuss Millage Proposals

Kalamazoo Public Schools is one of the districts that would see funds from KRESA's May 6 millage proposal.
Credit WMUK

Nearly ten years ago, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency asked voters to support a three-year millage to help pay for school operating costs. It was meant to be temporary.

“Then you had the housing crisis hit in ‘08,” says KRESA Superintendent Dave Campbell. “You had massive reductions in revenues hit multiple levels of government.” The economy is vastly different from when the millage was introduced, he says.

Since 2005, voters have renewed KRESA’s millage twice – and now it’s up for a third time.

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SW Michigan
2:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Red Cross of West Michigan Sends Volunteers To Three States

Credit WMUK

The American Red Cross of West Michigan is sending volunteers to Arkansas, Kansas, and Mississippi to assist in disaster relief efforts. In a statement released earlier today, the organization has selected nine volunteers from the areas of Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Traverse City to the three states, which saw severe tornadoes and flooding earlier this week. Last month, the Red Cross of West Michigan sent 65 local volunteers to assist in relief efforts in Newaygo after floods hit the area.

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Arts & More
2:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Old House Network's 'Great Unveiling' Gets Down To The Nitty-Gritty

The home sits in the Stuart neighborhood on Elm Street. It is undergoing extensive indoor and outdoor renovations, and is expected to be finished in late 2015.
Erin Williams

When you become a homeowner, gone are the days of calling the landlord for any creak or leak. Maintaining  a residence on your own can be a big responsibility - especially if you’re short on cash and unsure of what you're doing. 

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Artist of the Month
2:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work

Alessandra Pye stands next to the last piece in her series
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to become a U.S. citizen—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”

That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?

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